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Academic Resource Center: APA Workshop


You can watch previous APA workshop videos here:

APA Workshop #1:  What is APA?  Formatting Title Pages.  Formatting Abstracts. [Note:  There is some background noise in the workshop #1 recording for about 50 seconds].

APA Workshop #2:  Creating APA In-Text Citations

APA Workshop #3:  Creating APA References

Need help with APA?  Check out these resources:

Sullivan's APA Page at the Library: ​

Sullivan's Sample APA Paper:  ​

Ask a librarian:

Ask a tutor:

APA Style Blog: ​

Purdue OWL: APA Formatting

Purdue OWL: Formatting References

Title Page

The title page is the first page of your paper. The title page should have a running head at the top left of the page and the page number 1 at the top right side of the page. 

To set up your title page:

  1. Scroll down to about 1/3 of the page to enter the paper's title.
  2. Center the title.
  3. Set the whole paper to be double spaced and in Times New Roman 12pt. font.

The title page consists of:

  1. The title of the paper (no more than 12 words in length.). Capitalize all proper nouns.
  2. The author of the paper (your name).
  3. The institutional affiliation (Sullivan University).
  4. The course number and course name. For example: ENG 101: Composition I.
  5. The date you submit the paper. For example: December 12, 2019.

NOTE: Papers submitted for Sullivan University classes will have a title page that is a modified version of what is indicated in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


Title page example


The abstract is a short summary of your paper. An abstract should express both the main idea (subject) of the paper and what the research on the subject reveals.

An abstract with keywords is a requirement for the majority of papers submitted for Sullivan University classes. The exceptions are:

  • Smaller essays (three pages or less)
  • Informal writing
  • Papers over three pages in length but do not contain a citation or reference

The abstract and the remainder of your paper will have a running head, which is different than the title page's running head (do not include the wording Running head:), and page numbers. 

The abstract is a single paragraph and should be no more than half a page in length. You need only to provide the most relevant information.To type the abstract:

  1. Center the word Abstract at the top of the page (after the running head and page number).
  2. Align the abstract to the left of the page.
  3. Do not indent the abstract.
  4. Double-space the abstract.


Keywords should be included after the abstract. Keywords are words or short phrases that describe your paper and indicate its most important aspects.

To list keywords:

  1. Double-space after the abstract paragraph. (You may need to click the small arrow on the right side of the Paragraph group and make sure that the "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style" is clicked to avoid a small extra space between the abstract paragraph and the keywords).
  2. Click the HOME tab. Click the Center icon, located in the Paragraph Group.
  3. Italicize the word Keywords:
  4. Type up to five keywords without italics.


Abstract APA paper example

Main Body

The main body is the heart of your paper. What is included in the main body depends on what type of paper you are writing. 

To format the main body of the paper:

  1. Center the paper's complete title at the top of the page (under the running head and page number). Capitalize proper nouns and the first letter of the words with more than four letters. The first letter of the first word of the title must be capitalized.

  2. Type the paper's full title using both uppercase and lowercase letters. Do not place the title on other pages of the main body of the paper.

  3. The rest of the paper is left-aligned and double spaced. See this help guide for information on how to align text to the left, right, or center.

  4. Indent each paragraph by pressing the "tab" button when you start the first sentence. 

You can view an example of the Main Body of the Paper by clicking the "Sample Paper" tab of this guide.

NOTE: Some classes require headings in the main body. If you have any questions about whether headings are needed in your paper, please check with your instructor. If headings are needed, see this guide on How to Use Five Levels of Heading in an APA Style Paper.


Paper body APA example


The reference page provides information about the resources used in your paper.

The entries are left-aligned and double-spaced with a hanging indent. With a hanging indent, the first line of each entry begins at the left margin; any additional lines for the same entry are indented five spaces from the left margin.

To format the reference page of the paper:

  1. Center the word "References" at the top of the page under the running head and page number.

  2. Start to type your references.

  3. Select all of the references and set them to be double spaced and have a hanging indent. Learn how to make a hanging indent here.

  4. Place the references in alphabetical order.


Reference page APA example

Printable copy of the paper sections (along with variations)

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